Whatever the age of your child, parenting requires lifelong skills. Good communication is the key to a good relationship with the children in your life. Being a parent is a joyful and rewarding experience but it can be challenging. Your child's needs change as they get older. Knowing what to expect can make parenting less stressful.


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Maternal and child health

Parenting basics

Family structures

Communication, identity and behaviour

Raising healthy children

Common childhood health concerns


Keeping yourself healthy

Child safety and accident prevention

Grief and trauma

Support for parents

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Bushfire smoke and children

Children (up to 14) are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke from fires. Their symptoms can be worse at lower smoke concentrations compared to other people.

There are steps you can take to avoid smoke and protect their health.

Learn more